Author: Tammara Webber
Publisher: Penguin Berkley
Publish Date: May 6th, 2014
“He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.
As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.
All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…
As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.”
Breakable is a companion novel to Tammara Webber's Easy, focusing on tortured love interest Lucas' destructive teenage years. If you've read Easy, you can't forget the trauma Lucas lives through when he was only thirteen years old, and Breakable tells the story of how he dealt with, and eventually overcame, that tragedy.
Breakable is not only about Lucas and how he fell in love with Jackie, but through alternating points of view, it shows Landon's transformation into Lucas. It shows how a boy experiences something horrible and violent and tragic and deals with it. Lucas' story is harsh and gritty and real, and I loved how, even at his very worst, Webber still managed to make Lucas a lovable character you couldn't help but root for.
The side characters in Lucas' life added such depth and humor to the story. Boyce was my absolute favorite, but I also really liked getting to see Lucas' dad and how he dealt with his grief after. No one—except for the Hellers—in Lucas' life was exempt from me wanting to grab them by the shoulders and shake them until they saw straight. Boyce and his bullying and drugs, his dad with his tight lipped avoidance of any relevant conversation. Melody and her lack of a backbone. But, even though they all could have handled things better, it was impossible not to like them and feel for them. They were all so much more than just 2 dimensional side characters. They felt like real people who shaped Lucas into the man he was at the end of the book.
I enjoyed Breakable, but have to admit it left me more than a little bored at times. Partly because I already knew what happened from reading Easy, partly because Lucas's thoughts in regards to Jackie did become repetitive after awhile, and partly because of the aimless quality to Landon's story. Don't get me wrong, his story is intense and emotional, but it also has a very ambling feel to it, especially in the middle (the end perks up, a lot). It's just telling about his childhood, with no real goal other than to get him into college so he can meet Jacqueline. I get that this sounds completely hypocritical because I did enjoy Landon's story, I just wasn't as glued to my seat as I'd hoped I would be for parts of it. But, like I said, it picks up near the end, and the beginning will suck you in right away.
The only complaint I have about Breakable is that we learn next to nothing about Jacqueline. I mean, we do, but not enough. If I hadn't already read Easy, I'm pretty sure I would have thought Jacqueline was a fragile girl who needed protecting, and that was it. I get that Webber didn't want to rehash every conversation and email from Easy because this is a companion novel, but it made Lucas' love for Jackie seem a little creepy obsessive because we didn't get to see them getting to know one another. But, having read Easy and knowing all of the skimmed over getting to know one another, it was really interesting to see inside Lucas's head.
Breakable is a hard story to read, because it deals with underage drinking, drugs and sex, which stems from tragedy, death and grief. Lucas had a hard life and he had to make a lot of mistakes before he finally got it together. If you loved Lucas in Easy and need to know every detail of his life, then you need Breakable on your shelf today. You get to see every emotion the boy ever felt, first hand. It's difficult, but it is a story worth reading. The way Jacqueline's story was about her becoming strong enough to fight back against her attacker, Lucas' story is about him becoming stronger than his past and his guilt and discovering that he can move on, even if he thinks it's impossible. A beautiful disaster of a boy, Lucas will steal your heart in this stunning, must-read companion to Easy.
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